Dundee Thistle

Club Name:

Dundee Thistle

Where are you based?

Dundee, Scotland

Cycling Disciplines:

Road (Leisure), Road (Racing), Touring, Mountain/Gravel, Track, Time Trials

What is your club ethos?

We’re a small club which is big on ambition. We want to spend as much time on the bike as possible, always pushing ourselves to help others achieve more on a bike.

What is the best thing about your club?

Friendly club members who go above and beyond to help others improve their cycling. The club has produced some great cyclists over the years.

What club rides do you run?

Sessions are run two or three evenings per week. These might be APRs, hilly nights, mountain bike fun or track evenings

On Saturdays and Sundays we run new recruits rides, social rides with café stops and mountain biking when the weather is poor.

Do you wait for dropped riders / mechanicals on some or all of your rides?

Yes, on all club runs. For new recruits rides we also use a “buddy system” to help new riders to stay with the group and explain group etiquette.

What is the minimum standard you would expect from new club riders?

For new recruits rides we would expect riders to be able to maintain an average of around 14 mph over a 30 mile ride.

For normal club rides we would expect around 16/17mph average speed.

The ability to fix your own punctures is essential for longer club rides. We aim to run regular training nights throughout the year to help teach people basic bicycle maintenance and skills.

What do you expect riders to bring on club runs?

Appropriate clothing for the day. Helmets are required on all rides. Also water, energy bar if required, mobile phone, spare inner tubes and kit to repair puncture, money for café stops if appropriate.

Are bikes other than road bikes acceptable on any rides?

No electric bikes.

As long as individuals can maintain the desired club ride speed then a mountain bike or gravel bike would be acceptable too

Aspects of cycling the club is involved in:

Social runs

Chaingang sessions

Organising races

Competing in races

Designated ‘race squad’

Organising sportives

Taking part in sportives

Do you run club social events?

Yes we have regular club meetings with a social drink afterwards. We also organise club team building events, social pizza and beer training nights and other gatherings whenever we can.

Number of members (roughly):


Current percentage of female members:

10% approx

Do you have a women’s development officer 

Yes. Nadine Reilly (Vice Chairman). Contact via the club Facebook page, Twitter or website.

Please give details of any projects you have or are running to support and encourage women.

None at the moment but this is something we are currently looking into

Do you also have a children’s / youth section / Go Ride club?

No but this is something we are currently looking into.

Do you offer opportunities for members to train as coaches, ride leaders, etc?

Not at the moment but we have done in the past when funding was available.

Website / social media / etc:

Website: www.dundeethistle.co.uk

Club Facebook page

Club Twitter

Joining Information:

Join through British Cycling Website  Membership costs £20 per year. Riders are welcome to come along to group rides and do not have to join beforehand.

Contact details:

Contact via the club Facebook page, Twitter or Website

Information last updated month and year completed:

June 2020

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